Pilots Fall to St. Mary’s 61-73 in emotionally charged game

By Jamison White | February 17, 2018 10:34pm

Terry Porter and REF Annika Gordon

Coach Terry Porter challenges a referee about a call, one of several tense episodes during the game against St. Mary's

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

The Chiles Center was the most alive it has been all season Saturday night as 4,547 fans packed the stands to watch the Pilots take on the no. 15 ranked St. Mary’s Gaels. The foul-heavy game ended in a loss for The Pilots, although the team initially came out hot against the Gaels with a quick 9-2 run out the gates. The Gaels quickly responded and set the pace for the first half and would go onto a 73-61 win. 


Coach Terry Porter challenges a referee about a call, one of several tense episodes during the game against St. Mary's

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon


The Pilot's unable to pull out the upset as St. Mary's edges out a win.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Freshman Marcus Shaver Jr. and senior D’Marques Tyson both led the way eight points each in the first half. Foul trouble would play a large factor for the Pilots as they committed 12 first half fouls, getting Portland’s bigs sophomore Joseph Smoyer and senior Philipp Hartwich got into foul trouble in the first half.

Tahirou Diabate dives for a loose ball as The Pilots force 9 turnovers which turned into 16 points on the other end.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

The Pilots played solid defense throughout the game scoring 16 points off the nine St. Mary’s turnovers. Effort played a huge role as the Pilots were going all out for balls early as well as providing defensive pressure.

Frustration over calls not going the Pilot's way mounts as the game goes on.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Foul trouble continued to be a problem as both Smoyer and Hartwitch fouled out in the second half. The largest turn of the game came with 5:11 left in the second half as Hartwitch was sent to the bench with his fifth foul being a technical. This was followed by Coach Terry Porter getting a technical foul over the frustrations of calls not going Portland’s way. The four free throws to follow gave the Gaels a 10 point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the game. 

Junior Rashad Jackson takes the ball way for one of the Pilot's 8 steals.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

“It's a process. I try and tell the players not to worry about it, let me put the heat on the referees. I just have to keep getting on them," Porter said. "I have to make them aware of the situation, we just want it to be consistent, we don’t want it to be lopsided... I just want to give our kids out there who are competing a chance." 

Malcolm Porter finishes with 11 points on 5-7 shooting.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

The Pilots had 28 total fouls called on them, many of which got an emotional response from the team and crowd.

The two technical fouls against coach Terry Porter and Phillip Hartwitch seals the deal as the Gaels jumped to a 10 point lead with 5 minutes remaining.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

The Pilot’s final home game and senior day comes on February 22nd against BYU.

Contact sports reporter Jamison White at whitej20@up.edu.
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